The state government has decided to constitute a committee headed by the transport secretary to review the controversial traffic sentinel scheme, which empowers people to participate in better management of traffic on Goan roads.
Transport Minister Ramakrishna ‘Sudin’ Dhavalikar on Thursday told media persons that the committee will be formed soon to review the sentinel scheme, and will be headed by the transport secretary.
Although the scheme has been under public fire, including from some MLAs, it has been observed that the scheme has forced 90 per cent of the two-wheeler riders to wear helmet, he claimed.
“When some MLAs raised the controversy over the scheme in the last assembly session, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar asked me to make a statement on behalf of the government. While making the statement on the floor of the House I had announced that the sentinel scheme would be reviewed,” he recalled.
Claiming that roads in Goa “are very good” as compared to the roads in other states of the country, the Transport Minister said the number of road fatalities has come down from 335 to 262 annually.
He also informed that State Transport Authority has agreed to the demand of senior citizens for 50 per cent concession for travels in interstate bus services of the KTC.
Also, 2500 taxis have been given approval for availing the rent a cab scheme. He said that limit on yellow and black taxis will be enhanced – from 350 to 750 – in phases, and that the process has already begun at the Dabolim airport.
An audit on 135 driving schools has been undertaken through the ICAT for the first time, Dhavalikar said, adding that 100 electric buses will be procured with 100 per cent capex from the National Thermal Power Corporation.
A memorandum of understanding will shortly be executed for the purpose.
He added that charging stations will be set up all over Goa.